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Caught on Tape: Clerk Wins Wrestling Match With Armed Robber

NEW YORK (CBS) There must be something in the water.

Yet another brave New York store clerk managed to thwart a gun-toting robber during a caught-on-tape wrestling match that would even impress The Rock.

The courageous 21-year-old Bronx clothing store employee took two bullets to his left leg during the bitter struggle on Aug. 23, but managed to rip the firearm out of the fleeing crook's hands.

It could have been worse. According to police, the suspect fired three times, but the third bullet jammed the gun.

In a surveillance video provided by the New York Police Department, the perp is seen entering the Bronx clothing store, approaching the counter with his gun displayed and according to police, asking for clothing to be placed into several plastic bags. When the suspect attempts to leave, the store clerk rushes him like an NFL linesman and after a minute-long battle grabs the gun from the would-be crook.

The suspect ran out of the store and, according to police, jumped into a black vehicle and fled the scene.

The lucky clerk was transported to Lincoln Hospital and is in stable condition.

This case is a somewhat reminiscent of another recent New York attempted robbery that went horribly wrong for the crooks.

On Aug. 13, 2009, a 72-year-old store owner turned his 12-gauge shotgun on four armed bandits who tried to rob his restaurant supply store in Harlem, according to police. And he is a good shot, too. He killed two and wounded the others, police said.

Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating the man wanted in connection with the Bronx robbery and shooting seen in the video. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers' website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

  • Sammy Saltzman

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